Ring (projectile)

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It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to provide more info on Wendy's ring attacks in the more sparse Mario & Luigi sections.

Not to be confused with Gold Ring.
Wendy O. Koopa throwing a candy ring
“Hey Mario! Try some of my candy rings, I think you’ll be surprised by how they taste! (I hope Mario falls for this trick . . . He doesn’t know that these sweets are deadly–yet!)”
Wendy O. Koopa, Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 34

Rings,[1][2] also referred to as candy rings,[3][4] life savers[5] (or lifesavers),[6] gold rings,[7] magic rings,[8][9] deadly rings,[10] death rings,[11] energy rings,[12] golden rings,[13] and boomerang rings,[14] are circular projectiles that Wendy O. Koopa often shoots from her magic wand. They first appear along with Wendy in Super Mario Bros. 3.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Candy ring sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3.

When Wendy is fought aboard her airship in World 3-Airship.gif, she shoots candy rings at Mario or Luigi; Wendy creates one at the beginning of the fight, and she creates another after each stomp. Up to three candy rings can be onscreen at once; unlike her brothers' magic blasts, they do not leave the arena, instead bouncing off the walls, ceiling, and floor at right angles. The candy rings disappear only when she is defeated. They are named "candy rings" in this appearance for their red and white stripes, much like a candy cane.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Wendy O. Koopa's ring from New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Rings return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii in both of Wendy's battles, where they function the same as in Super Mario Bros. 3, though they are slower and vanish after a while.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Energy rings return in New Super Mario Bros. U. During her boss fight, Wendy now throws two energy rings at a time, using them to knock loose the icicles hanging from the ceiling of her boss arena. After being stomped twice, she throws three energy rings.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In Super Mario Maker 2 versions 3.0.0 and later, Wendy shoots candy rings out of her wand in all game styles except the Super Mario 3D World style. In the Super Mario Bros. style, they also flash pink, white, and red.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

During her boss fight in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Wendy flings large glowing rings at Mario and Luigi. They must be dodged by jumping twice, and they may inflict the Heavy G status if they hit. As of the original game, they are now golden, matching her bracelets, instead of red and white.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the rings attempt to hit the Mario Bros. by floating towards them; Wendy then raises her hands again, causing them to close in and shrink on the Mario Bros. In the remake, Wendy now constantly attacks alongside her doppelgangers, and they each create a ring before sending them at the Mario Bros. in a certain order; once all the rings have surrounded them both, each Wendy then closes the rings in the same order, requiring Mario and Luigi to jump over them accordingly.

In the remake's Minion Quest sub-mode, Wendy also uses her rings to attack, and they return to her like boomerangs.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

During the battle against Wendy and Roy Koopa in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Wendy uses giant rings as her only solo attack.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Wendy once again uses her rings to attack, working the same as in the Minion Quest sub-mode.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Wendy prepares to summon a giant golden ring upon taking enough damage. Mario must use the Instant Camera Thing to create a picture of himself that the golden ring traps instead of Mario; if Mario is caught in the golden ring, Wendy breaks it during the next turn by summoning a shower of coins that instantly KOs Mario upon falling on him.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リング[15]
Ringu
黄金リング[15]
Ōgon ringu
Ring

Golden ring

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii Trading Card: "...Be careful—those pretty rings on her arms aren't just jewelry. They're deadly, and she'll be hurling them at you."
  2. ^ Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in-game dialogue: "You know how Wendy wears rings on her arms? Sure, they make great fashion accessories, but she's also used them as weapons against Mario and his pals. It's so very Wendy to fight with such an elegant style!"
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 34.
  4. ^ Rocha, Garitt, and Nick von Esmarch. Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. Page 216.
  5. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 14.
  6. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 53.
  7. ^ Thomason, Steve. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Player's Guide. Page 117.
  8. ^ Stratton, Stephen, and Levi Buchanan. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 83.
  9. ^ Mario Kart 8 bio: "Wendy doesn’t have her magic rings to help her on the course, but she doesn’t need them to be a dominating lightweight racer!"
  10. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 81.
  11. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 89.
  12. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 115.
  13. ^ Paper Mario: Color Splash in-game quote: "Here it comes! Wendy’s gorgeous golden ring! Protect your neck!"
  14. ^ Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey in-game profile: "One of the seven notorious Koopalings. She has a powerful boomerang ring attack and is pretty scary when she's angry."
  15. ^ a b Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 35, 144, 209.